Let me start off by saying that if you are trying to lose weight or even maintain for that matter, stay away from this cake! It's decadent!

The red food colouring turns the cake red. The reaction of vinegar and buttermilk brings out the red in the cocoa, thus creating an intense red coloured cake. 

I obtained this recipe from my husband's cousin Megan. After enjoying a wonderful homemade lasagne supper she prepared for us, we were presented with this amazing cake. Of course, I had to have the recipe. A dense, made from scratch, moist cake with a scrumptious cream cheese frosting! You can also make 24 muffins rather than the cake and top with the cream cheese frosting. This would be nice for Valentine's or any other special occasion.


Red Velvet Cake Recipe
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp food coloring
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 2 small pkgs cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cocoa. In a seperate bowl, whisk oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar and vanilla. Mix dry with wet ingredients until smooth.

Grease pans with a layer of shortening and dust with flour before adding batter. I used 2 square baking pans. Bake at 350°F for 30 mins or until done.

To make the icing, slowly mix cream cheese, sugar, butter and vanilla with mixer. 

Stack the 2 cakes filling the centre with icing. Then cover the entire cake in frosting. 


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